School’s been out for summer for a fair few weeks and now parents up and down the country are scrabbling around organising the various bits ‘n’ bobs ready for the children going back to school.

There’s no doubt that getting ready for back to school can be hectic  – so here are a few things to bear in mind to make sure you’re all sorted before the new school term starts.

Getting Ready for Back to School

Dealing with back to school anxiety
Staying healthy
Boosting your child’s immunity
Avoiding Back Pain by Working on Good Posture
Scheduling haircuts
Scaling Back on Electronics
Establishing a Good Sleep Routine
Planning Lunches
School Uniform
School Shoes for Healthy Feet
Stationary

Dealing With Back to School Anxiety

Back to School AnxietyWhether your child is starting school for the first time or returning back for the new school year, it is common for them to feel anxiety at this time.

This feeling is quite common and can be caused by a variety of issues such as being away from parents for the first time or joining back with new teachers or classmates in a new environment away from home. 

  • Ensure adequate sleep
  • Get back into a routine
  • Avoid leaving things to the last minute
  • Listen and discuss with your child to understand any concerns or feelings they may have.

Check out our top tips from Neil Shah, the founder of The Stress Management Society on how to ensure a smooth return to school and staying on top of those busy school days in our article Beating the Back To School Blues.

Health & Well-being

The impact of Covid-19 over the past few months has forced both parents and children alike to follow measures to ensure good hygiene and Social distancing in public. 

With schools across the country preparing to reopen since the lockdown it is important for children returning to school to continue maintaining a high level of hygiene especially if using public transport to and from school.

So what can parents do to keep their children safe when returning to school?

  • Explain the requirements for wearing a mask and teach them how to wear correctly
  • Encourage them to wash hands regularly most importantly before meals
  • Discuss Social Distancing with them and explain as per the guidelines set out by the school

Boost Your Child’s Immunity

According to research conducted by Protexin Healthcare, 1 in 4 children take time off school in the first six weeks of the autumn term due to stomach upsets, colds and flu. This September, make sure your kids go back to school fighting fit and prepared to combat any classroom germs with the help of probiotics. 

Giving your child a multi-strain probiotic supplement such could help them cope with the demands of the school term, supporting your child’s digestive system and building up the good bacteria in their gut to promote a healthy, happy child.  It’s also a good idea for parents to keep their immune system tip tip, you don’t want to be catching your child’s germs.

Avoid Back Pain by Maintaining Good Posture

During lockdown, technology use has risen as kids were forced indoors. A recent study found that 37% of 13-year-olds and 47% of 15-year-olds have experienced back pain. Other studies found that by the age of 14-17 years, up to 71% have experienced at least one episode of back pain.

To better protect your child’s back for the new school term, check out of top tips Top Tips On How To Protect Your Child’s Back This School Term from the British Chiropractic Association, on how you can help to alleviate your child’s aches and pains.

Scheduling Haircuts

Once school has started, booking haircuts can be the last thing on your mind, not to mention finding the time can be difficult. Hairdressers are always mega busy, booking an appointment ASAP will help keep them looking sharp and ready for the start of the school term.

Scaling Back on Electronics

Gadgets and electronic devices may have been your go-to-item during lock down and the Summer holidays but it’s important to start scaling back on these, particularly before bedtime. Perhaps you could put a rule in place that no technology past a specific time.

Establishing a Good Sleep Routine

Child asleep early morningTo help make the transition back to school a smooth one, it’s important to slowly adjust bedtimes and waking up times a few weeks before school starts.

There are lots of things you can do to help make things easier from sleepy food, blackout curtains to weighted blankets and getting your child’s room as cosy as possible.

Check out our article ‘The Ultimate Bedtime Routine Including 5 Essential Sleep Hacks For Kids‘.

Planning Lunches

It’s a new school year, so there’s no better time to get in the habit of planning meals in advance to save you both money and time as well as ensuring your kid’s lunchboxes are packed with a good selection of healthy meals and snacks. 

Say goodbye to those soggy sarnies by including meals that are easy to prepare and most importantly contain a good balance of carbs, protein and vitamins to get your child through the afternoon.

Creating a weekly meal planner will save you time and keep you on track while making your mornings less stressful and organized.

Check out our Back to School Lunchbox Ideas for our top meal suggestions as well as top tips from Expert Nutritionist Jane Clarke. 

School Uniform

The top priority when heading back to school is the uniform and with the new school year approaching quickly, and you might be starting to see some ankle swingers appear. 

Have a fashion show, see if your little ones still fit into their uniforms, and make sure you don’t double up and waste money buying things you don’t need. Are their trousers too short? See if you can un-stitch the hem, or maybe cut them into shorts for the summer.

Supermarkets and department stores have school uniforms back on the racks – so check what’s available there before heading to the more expensive uniform shops.

Check out our ‘Cheap School Uniform: Save £££s on School Clothes‘ article for some top tips.

School Shoes for Healthy Feet

With so many brands to choose from it’s important to take your time and get your child’s feet measured properly as ill-fitting school shoes can cause a variety of issues if they are too small or too big. Brands such as Treads have a great video on how to measure your child’s feet.

You want to look at quality material and make sure the shoes have enough foot support.

Stationery

Check your child’s stationery stash and replace any pens and pencils that have already been lost or run out. If your child is attending Primary school the good news is that in most cases the school will provide all the supplies they need, however, we recommend stocking up to cover homework and any extra tuition outside of school time.

Browse through the information available on the school website or newsletter for a list of any required supplies and use the summer sales to your advantage to bag a job lot of pens and basic stationery that will last you. 

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Pencil Case
  • Colouring pencils 

If your children are returning back to Secondary school, we recommend extra items such as:

  • Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Correction fluid
  • Geometry set

Take advantage of the discounts available now and you can keep any extras stowed away until the kids come to pester you that they’ve run out/broken/eaten their last pencil.

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Stib Inspirational Jumbo Colouring Pencils

Stib Colouring Pencils12 chunky soft-leaded colouring pencils with inspirational words printed on the side, such as good listener, self-believer and joy finder. They come in a colourful tube with stickers and an art pack.

These pencils will be the envy of all their school friends. Pencil tube costs £9.95. For creative stories, ideas and creative resources, head over to stibpencils.com

We really love the inspirational words on each pencil. They serve as a fun and joyful reminder.

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Treads Boston Boys Leather School Shoes

Boston Boys School Shoes TreadsWe tried out the Boston boys shoes, priced at £45.00 which are robust and durable. The shoe is surprisingly light and flexible and has a padded edge to offer extra comfort around the ankle. Laces are quite chunky and the shoe comes with dual fit technology which means it comes with a removable EVA foot bed to offer a wider fit.

If your boy is anything like mine, the 12-month indestructible guarantee is going to come in handy. Treads shoes are designed for children aged 6-16 and come in a variety of sizes. We always bought Clarks shoes through habit and quality of shoe but I have to say, I am completely sold on Treads.

Incredible that Treads are so confident in their craftsmanship that they offer a 30-day risk free trial. If you are not happy with your purchase, you can send the shoes back worn or unworn and you’ll get a refund.

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Parker Jotter Originals Black Rollerball Pen

Parker Pen RollerballClassic pen, perfect for older children in secondary school. Comes in a lovely case and has a scratch-free plastic body. The fine rollerball combines the feel of a fountain pen (without the mess) with the convenience of a ballpoint pen.

These pens come in a range of colours to suit all personalities. All Parker pens come with a 2-year warranty and cost around £8.50. You can buy them at a range of stores including Amazon, Rymans and Executive Pens Direct.

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Vintage Style Farmyard Animals Chart Educational Print

Ink & Drop Farmyard PrintWe love this beautifully designed vintage animal poster. The soft and warm colour tones are perfect for a children’s bedroom as well as making those bedtime stories more fun. Be sure to check which size you prefer when ordering as there are a variety of options.

Sizes:

21 x 30 cm, 30 x 40 cm, 40 x 50 cm, 50 x 70cm, 61 x 91 cm & 70 x 100 cm

Other prints available in a similar style are: woodland animals, safari animals, dinosaurs and sea creatures. Costs from £13.00 and is available from inkanddrop.com

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A Mouse Took A Stroll Book Quote Print

Ink & Drop Gruffalo PrintWho doesn’t love the Gruffalo? such a family favourite and certainly a story I have read to my three over and over again through the years.

This poster has the famous line ‘A mouse took a stroll’ and invites the imagination to ignite and continue the story, as we all know what happens when mouse goes for a wander.

Made out of thick cotton canvas and ready to hang on the wall via the leather string and wooden magnetic hanging strips. All you need is a pin in the wall. Costs £25.00 from inkanddrop.com

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